|NASA Ares I Rocket - Yuma Drop Test|
Unfurling in majestic patriotic colors, a successful cluster test of the Ares I rocket's three, 1-ton main parachutes was conducted May 20 by NASA and industry engineers at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground located near Yuma, Ariz. The main parachute is designed to slow the rapid descent of the spent first-stage motor and permit its recovery for use on future flights.
Keywords: Ares; Rockets; NASA; space; parachute; test; parachutes; AresI; Constellation
|What Caused the Ares I-X Parachute to Fail?|
Pull cord, deploy chute. Sounds simple, right? For the Ares I-X team the trick was in that "pull cord" step. After a thorough root cause analysis, NASA has pinpointed the likely culprit behind the Ares I-X parachute system anomaly -- an errant cord yank that caused one reefing line pyro charge to fire prematurely while still in the parachute pack. During the Ares I-X suborbital flight, the packed parachutes shook and shimmied inside the vehicle...
Keywords: ares I-x; ares rocket; parachute; constellation.nasa
|NASA Sets Parachute Payload Record|
Under a brilliant early morning Arizona sky, NASA conducted a successful, record-breaking test of a drogue parachute being designed to return next-generation space vehicles safely to Earth. The 77,000-pound payload used in the test was dropped from the back of a U.S. Air Force C-17 at an altitude of 25,000 feet, setting a record for the heaviest single load ever extracted out of a C-17 during flight...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Arizona; parachute; drogue; chute; Yuma; Arizona; U.S. Army Proving Grounds; NASA